Sep 25, 2012 5:30 PM

6 indicted in 'Shop 420' marijuana raids

TUCSON - Six of the 10 people arrested earlier this month during a raid of five "Shop 420" locations have been indicted on various charges related to selling marijuana, police confirmed to News 4 Tucson today.

Today, an indictment revealed the six people indicted: Primo Camou, Erik Salazar, Robert Tapia, Francisco Valenzuela, Jorge Valenzuela, and Renee Valenzuela were all indicted on one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and one count of conspiracy to commit sale of marijuana. Primo Camou was also charged with one count of sale of marijuana. Francisco Valenzuela was charged with offer to sell marijuana, and Jorge Valenzuela was charged with possession of a deadly weapon - a handgun that he was carrying at the time he was arrested.

In August, the Counter Narcotics Alliance, a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, received information about marijuana sales from a business called "Shop 420," according to a news release from Tucson Police Department. The business advertised itself as a "Medical Marijuana Certification Center," offering medical marijuana I.D. cards, as well as education and consulting for the Medical Marijuana Act, and personal marijuana cultivation.

The month-long investigation revealed the business was illegally growing and selling marijuana, and on Wednesday, September 12, the officers with CNA served search warrants at all five "Shop 420" locations: 5151 South 12th Avenue, 3408 East Grant Road, 8250 East Broadway Boulevard, 408 East 7th Street, and 1145 East Florence Boulevard in Casa Grande.

During the raids, law enforcement officials seized about 14 pounds of high-grade, hydroponically-grown marijuana between all locations, with an estimated street value of $50,000, the release stated. In addition, officers seized approximately 25 pounds of "marijuana candy," described as candy containing THC, the main psychoactive chemical compound present in marijuana.

Detectives also seized multiple fraudulent medical marijuana I.D. cards, as well as the equipment to make them, the release stated.

While the Department of Health Services has recently selected several Tucson businesses to be licensed as marijuana dispensaries, Shop 420 advertises itself as a medical marijuana Arizona ID card certification center, and not a dispensary.


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